Always interesting, often frustrating to his peers and that public (not that he’d care about either), Moe died in 2004 but is held by most serious players as the best ball striker of all time. I’m halfway through a book about life, ‘The Moe Norman’ story. Definitely worth a read.
Phil sent this link and pasted together a few comments.
- He used the same tee for seven years.
- He’d hit off coke bottles and they wouldn’t move.
- With a driver he could land 6 balls on the same blanket.
- 17 aces, 9 double eagles (albatross to be correct). 42 course records.
- Shot 59 three times. 59!
Moe four putted on the last hole to lose a tournament in Quebec, the next day at another tourney, a smart assed reporter on the tee of a par 3 asked, ‘any four putts today Moe? After he hit the ball, he turned and said, not putting today, and actually CALLED a hole in one, yes, it went in the hole. He actually called it in the air. In tournaments in Canada as an amateur, he’d shoot whatever it took to win a certain prize he wanted or people had ordered from him, ‘ordered’. He had won 15 TV’s, so he’d play for 2nd. And play for a certain prize, 2nd or 3rd if that prize was more appropriate for his ‘client’. Seriously incredible stuff. Before turning pro, he hustled the best American amateurs, beat them all. All those arrogant hot shots. Hustled in the true sense of the word. They didn’t see it coming! He didn’t look like a golfer, but boy did he fool them.
He’d falter a little on the front 9, triple the bet, and shoot 30 on the back. He threw many 61’s at them for big $ dough and they’d say, nobody shoots 61!! Who the F is this guy?? He’d roll his drive across bridges when you couldn’t carry the creek, did it once with Sam Snead.
The golf world missed a true genius, because he would not conform to their rules, he was bullied to conform, he couldn’t just be Moe, so he returned to Canada to never play in the US again (except in Florida in winter).
Moe’s army would have been equal to Arnie’s if not much larger.